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The Colorado athletic department and the Alumni C Club dedicate these pages to our former Buffaloes who have passed on. Our list is solely based on information we receive on the passing of former Buffaloes from news accounts, teammates and family members. If you know of a former Buffalo that has passed on, please contact the Alumni C Club at 303-492-5065 or alumnicclub@cufund.org.

The list is sorted alphabetically by last name, click on the links below:










Michael Gallagher Skiing (1963-65)

Michael Gallagher was a two-time second-team All-American skiier for the Buffaloes. As a racer he made three Olympic teams (1964, '68 & '72) and three FIS World Championship Ski teams, and racked up an impressive nine US National titles. Gallagher went on to serve as head coach for the US Ski Team from 1980-86 and was inducted into the U.S. National Ski Hall-of-Fame in 1988. He passed away on Oct. 3, 2013, at the age of 72.

Bob Ghilotti Assistant Football Coach (1959-61)

Bob Ghilotti coached Colorado's ends during the Sonny Grandelius era which culminated in the 1962 Orange Bowl appearance against LSU. He would go on to coach with the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs of the AFL and returning to the collegiate game with California in the mid 1960's. He passed away on April 29, 2012 at the age of 89.

Wilky Gilmore Basketball (1959-61)

Wilky Gilmore was one of the first stars that played for Sox Walseth. In Gilmore’s three seasons with Colorado, the Buffaloes went 13-11, 15-10, and 19-7 with a trip to the NCAA Midwest Regional finals where CU lost to the eventual national champion Cincinnati. He averaged 14.8 points and 8.4 rebounds a game throughout his career. Gilmore passed away from a heart attack in 1993 at the age of 53.

Everett "Sonny" Grandelius Football Coach (1959-61)

Sonny Grandelius was 20-11 in three years as head coach of the football team from 1959-61. His first season, the Buffaloes posted a 5-5 record after starting 0-3. His second season, CU improved to 6-4 and finished second in the Big 8. His third and final season at CU was one of the most memorable seasons in school history. Colorado started the year 6-0, including a win over No. 10 Missouri in Boulder. Grandelius guided the Buffaloes to their first ever undefeated conference record in the Big 8 and an Orange Bowl berth against Louisiana State. The Buffs ultimately lost to LSU to finish 9-2 on the year. He passed away on April 25, 2008 at the age of 79.

James "Slick" Haley Basketball/Baseball/Football/Track (1929-32)

James “Slick” Haley, was a 10 time letter-winner at Colorado. He earned his nickname while playing football for his ability to evade defenders as a quarterback and a running back. He lettered three seasons in basketball, two times in track, twice in baseball and three times in football. He coached all sports at Lamar High School until 1933 when he came back to CU to get a medical degree, which he earned in 1938. Haley was a surgeon for the U.S. Army in the South Pacific during World War II and was a general practitioner in Longmont until retiring in 1981.He passed away in 2002 at the age of 93.

Jamie Hallum Track & Field/Football (1984-89)

Jamie Hallum was a top decathlete and the No. 1 javelin man as a senior in 1989, when he earned Academic All-Big 8 honors. He had joined the football team as a walk on split end as a true freshman in 1984 and eventually turned to track to make a lasting mark on CU athletics. Hallum passed away on April 18, 2005 after a seven-month battle with melanoma cancer.

Lucie Hanusova Skiing (1998-99)

One of the top nordic skiers in the nation at the time, Lucie Hanusova died in a snowmobile accident on January 11, 1999 in Yellowstone National Park. She was a rising sophomore from the Czech Republic and had just claimed a runner up finish in the 10k freestyle at a meet in Bozeman, Mont., only three days before her death at the age of 22. The CU ski team annually gives out the "Lucie Hanusova" award to a team member that displays "the ability to overcome adversity and challenges with smiles and enthusiasm."

William Harvey Football (1984-87)

William Harvey earned two letters for Colorado in 1986 and '87, primarily for his special teams play. A reserve defensive back from Dallas, he had 11 career total tackles and appeared in the 1986 Bluebonnet Bowl. He was shot to death in his own SUV in Denver, on Jan.13, 2010.

Bob Heap Football (1951)

Bob Heap lettered as an end for the Buffaloes in 1951. That season, Colorado posted a 7-3 record with second place finish in the Big 7 Conference. CU’s only conference loss that year was to Oklahoma in Norman. A native of Evanston, Ill., Heap passed away on Dec. 22, 2007.

Jimmie Heuga Skiing (1961-63)

A three-time letterman, Jimmie Heuga was the 1963 NCAA champion in the slalom. In addition to being a two-time Olympic team member, he was also a member of two championship United States Ski Teams (1962, 1966) and skied for the national team for 10 years. His biggest accomplishment came in the 1964 Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, when he won the Bronze Medal in the slalom. Heuga battled multiple sclerosis for four decades and became an inspirational leader in the fight against the disease. He passed away on Feb. 8, 2010 at the age of 66...more

Jim Hold Football (1961)

An example of a true underdog story, Jim Hold came to Colorado after he only played football for one year in high school, got buried in the depth chart at Arizona, then became the best receiver in the country at Phoenix Junior College. He transferred to CU for the 1961 season and made a transition to the defensive side of the ball where he came up with a crucial turnover against Oklahoma in Colorado’s huge 22-14 win in Norman which propel the Buffaloes to an undefeated Big 8 championship season (7-0) and a berth in the Orange Bowl. Hold passed away on Nov. 7, 2008 at the age of 67.